Sunday, August 12, 2007
This "feather duster", is one of a variety of segmented worms. Those designated as feather dusters all basically have the same head configuration. A crown of tentacles that trap food as it drifts by. These worms are "filter feeders. They filter food out of the water current.
They do not generally survive unless they have the appropriate food available to them. Most arrive in the tank in the substrate sands we use, or "hitch hike" in on live rock. In most of my images you may see a lot of purple coloration on the rocks. This is a living organism, that encrusts & plates, on just about everything in a reef tank. It is coraline algea, & every reefer will remember seeing the first specks of it, knowing the reef is coming alive. The rockwork in the reef is filled with thousands of millions of living organisms & is the machine that rocks the reef. This feather duster although"just a worm", is an apt demonstration of wherein beauty lies. Wherever you look for it.
Please have a nice week ahead & be careful.
Over on Planet Earth, you`ll see the poses of some, at times, promiscuous stars.
If you can`t figure it out, It seems Olivia is pretty quick to point them out.